One of the most exciting aspects of party planning is deciding on a theme. Regional themes work well because they can showcase traditional flavors. From wedding catering to birthdays, here are some examples of often-overlooked yet very traditional regional dishes that capture the essence of the regions from which they originated.
One of the most popular party ideas is the Hawaiian theme. These luau-themed events are usually catered with ham, pineapple, and cucumber salad, but there is one frequently overlooked dish that is the epitome of Hawaiian cuisine: the Loco Moco.
Shortly after the second World War, a group of teenagers wandered into a Hawaiian restaurant and asked for breakfast. Dubbed the Loco Moco, this dish would forever change the course of true Hawaiian fare.
The Loco Moco is a sound comfort food consisting of rice topped with a ground beef patty, egg, and gravy. No longer just a breakfast dish, the Loco Moco is one of the most traditional and purely Hawaiian comfort foods to be found. For a truly authentic Hawaiian-themed party, the Loco Moco is a perfect main dish consideration.
When one thinks of mid-Atlantic cuisine, seafood-based dishes and clam bisque probably come to mind. For catered events, however, seafood can quickly destroy a budget and sandwiches can come across as too casual.
For an alternative entree that is both deep-rooted in mid-Atlantic tradition and affordable, look no further than scrapple. Derived from old European settlers’ recipes, scrapple is a toasted loaf of pork products ground and combined with cornmeal and then served as slices. At first blush, it sounds like a crude dish reminiscent of sausage, but it is actually a very finicky meal that demands a skilled and attentive chef.
Finding scrapple outside of the mid-Atlantic region can be quite a challenge, but the ingredients are readily found throughout the United States. Thus, scrapple definitely deserves consideration for a mid-Atlantic cuisine theme.
Parties and events often work better when opting for hors d’oeuvres instead of a sit-down meal. Guests are usually served exactly what they expect: cheese, meats, and maybe some interesting dips. These items work because they can be consumed in one or two bites, do not require plates or silverware, and do not create a mess.
A catering company can serve hors d’oeuvres but with a little more excitement by including cheese curds. This little-known finger food is derived from cottage cheese that has been skimmed of cream and then curded. Aside from being delicious, cheese curds are fun; when bitten into, they actually squeak.
Originally from Wisconsin, cheese curds must be served fresh; thus, they are seldom seen outside of the Midwestern United States. With special care, however, they can be transported to a catered event and liven up an hors d’oeuvres table.Read More